Greatest fantasy soccer waiver wire pickups for Week 8

Contemplating six groups had been on bye, it isn’t a shock there weren’t many breakout performances or main accidents on Sunday. Nevertheless, there have been a couple of, as Miles Sanders (ankle) exited early and opened the door for widespread preseason sleeper Kenneth Gainwell to take over at RB. A number of pass-catchers additionally stepped up, with Russell Gage scoring in his first recreation again, Rashod Bateman persevering with the spectacular begin to his rookie season, and C.J. Uzomah throwing his hat within the ring as breakout TE of the 12 months. All shall be amongst our prime Week 8 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent provides in every week that lacks plenty of high-quality choices.

Nevertheless, what we lack in high quality, we make up for in amount. Our full free agent record options a number of extra attention-grabbing WRs (Allen Lazard, Darius Slayton, Kalif Raymond), some worthwhile handcuffs (Brandon Bolden, Devonta Freeman), and a pair key gamers coming back from harm (Rashaad Penny, Michael Gallup, Tre’Quan Smith). And despite the fact that there are simply two Week 8 byes (Raiders, Ravens), we even have even have a ton of Week 8 streamer recommendations at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST, which could be discovered on the finish of this record. 

WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Gainwell goes to command a prime waiver declare except we get optimistic information on Sanders earlier than Tuesday evening (which we most likely will not). Relying on how Penny performs on Monday evening, he might additionally require a excessive declare. Apart from these two, chances are high you will not use a waiver declare except you actually need assist at a sure place or need one of many returning IR guys. (Additionally, examine to see if yours is likely one of the 26 p.c of Yahoo leagues the place Jerry Jeudy is on the market.)

WEEK 8 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

General, this a poor waivers week however a powerful free agent week. There are a bunch of broadly obtainable and respectable gamers, particularly at QB, TE, and D/ST, with favorable matchups this week. Do not accept a borderline participant with a poor to mediocre matchup simply because they’re already in your roster. At all times be seeking to improve. So long as you are not dropping a legitimately good participant with long-term upside, examine the matchups and contemplate a few of these streamers. 

High fantasy soccer waiver wire pickups for Week 8

Except in any other case famous, solely gamers owned in fewer than 50 p.c of Yahoo leagues thought-about.

  • Gainwell caught a 13-yard TD on Philadelphia’s first drive, then he led the backfield after Miles Sanders’ ankle harm. He completed the day with 61 whole yards and a TD on 9 touches, although it is price noting he even have two fewer carries than Boston Scott, who additionally scored. Gainwell figures to function because the lead again in Week 8 in a good matchup in opposition to Detroit if Sanders cannot go, giving him RB2 worth, particularly in PPR leagues. Gainwell noticed eight targets (many in rubbish time), dwarfing Scott’s two targets. — Matt Lutovsky

  • Lazard has been on the sector lots this 12 months, nevertheless it wasn’t till Week 6 he lastly noticed some modest manufacturing. That continued in Week 7 when he caught five-of-six targets for 60 yards and a TD. Lazard has clearly established himself because the No. 2 receiver on this probably potent offense, and that all the time has worth in fantasy leagues. Lazard will look to maintain his scorching streak going subsequent week in opposition to the Cardinals earlier than getting three straight favorable matchups (Chiefs, Seahawks, Vikings). — ML

    UPDATE:With Davante Adams (COVID) seemingly out for Week 8’s Thursday evening recreation in Arizona, Lazard shall be a borderline “must-start” in all codecs.

  • Gage was a well-liked preseason sleeper, however a sluggish begin and an ankle harm derailed him in a rush. He received again within the subject in Week 7 and instantly made his presence felt, catching four-of-six targets for 67 yards and a rating. He figures to be the Falcons’ No. 3 goal, however given how typically Atlanta throws, there’s nonetheless loads of potential worth there. Gage has flex upside in opposition to a struggling Carolina protection in Week 8. — ML

  • Scott truly receivedtwo extra carries (7) than KennethGainwellafter Miles Sanders (ankle) exited early on Sunday. Scott totaled 29 whole yards on eight touches and scored on a brief TD run.Gainwellhad simply 9 touches, however he noticed eight targets and had 61 whole yards. If Sanders misses subsequent week, it is potential Scott is as concerned asGainwell. Because it stands, we thinkGainwellwill get extra taking part in time, particularly if the sport is comparatively shut. Scott took benefit of rubbish time in Week 7 and might definitely do it once more, which supplies him worth in PPR leagues, so he is nonetheless price including on the possibility he playsmore than we expect in a extremely favorable matchup in opposition to theLions. — ML

  • Many anticipate Watson to be traded by the Nov. 2 commerce deadline, with the Dolphins or Panthers because the more than likely touchdown spots. It is unclear if he’ll truly have the ability to play, because the NFL hasn’t but dominated on his availability as a result of he is been on the Texans’ exempt record this complete season. Till the NFL says one thing, Watson shall be eligible to play instantly, so he might have worth as quickly as Week 9. After all, he might simply simply not see the sector in any respect this 12 months. We all know the expertise Watson has, so he is price stashing simply in case. Even in case you do not want him, it isn’t a foul thought to maintain him off another person’s group. — ML

  • Bateman had a good displaying in his season debut in Week 6, and he adopted that up by catching three-of-six targets for 80 yards in Week 7. On the very least, the gifted rookie has big-play potential each week, and it seems he is simply scratching the floor. He is been helped by the absence of Sammy Watkins (hamstring) — and he is clearly no greater than third within the receiving pecking order behind Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews — however Bateman is price stashing for the second half. — ML

  • Gallup(calf) is anticipated to return from the IR in Week 8. He hasn’t performed since Week 1, however we all know he could be an explosive a part of the Cowboys’ high-powered offense. He is price having in your bench as a potential WR3/flexvalue going ahead, particularly in Week 8 in opposition to Minnesota. — ML

  • Uzomah continued his breakout season in Week 7, catching all three of his targets for 91 yards and two scores. He is been largely all-or-nothing, however that is true of most waiver wire TEs. With 5 TDs in his previous 4 video games, there’s nonetheless lots to love right here. A positive matchup in opposition to the Jets in Week 8 places him squarely within the streamer dialog. — ML

  • Slayton may be nothing greater than a one-week flash, as Kadarius Toney (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) had been all out in Week 7, however we all know Slayton is gifted and able to huge performs. He led the Giants in targets (9) and receiving yards (63) in opposition to the Panthers, and if any of the three gamers talked about above are out subsequent week in opposition to Kansas Metropolis, Slayton shall be in play as a boom-or-bust flex. — ML

  • Bolden noticed simply two carries in Week 7, however he starred as New England’s receiving again, catching six-of-seven passes for 79 yards and a TD. It is robust for an RB to make a fantasy residing based mostly utterly on his receiving stats, however Bolden will seemingly get extra carries in some video games and stay energetic on the whole. If starter Damien Harris places it on the bottom once more, Bolden might take over given Invoice Belichick’s fickleness. A extremely favorable matchup in opposition to the Chargers in Week 8 can have Bolden in flex territory in PPR leagues. — ML

  • With Malcolm Brown (quad) occurring IR, Ahmed is now the clear handcuff to Myles Gaskin. Contemplating Gaskin has disappeared in a number of video games this 12 months and Ahmed shined when he received common taking part in time final season, it is price stashing the second-year again on the possibility he sees a major uptick in taking part in time. — ML

  • Raymond was far and away the goal chief amongst Detroit WRs in Week 7, catching six-of-eight appears to be like for 115 yards. The Lions are an unreliable passing group, a minimum of in relation to the WRs, so Raymond seemingly will not be constant going ahead, however he has some PPR upside if he continues to function as Detroit’s No. 1. He’ll be ranked as a borderline flex subsequent week in opposition to Philadelphia. — ML

  • Patrick had been remarkably constant previous to a Week 7 dud, and with Jerry Jeudy (ankle) set to return in Week 8, it is tempting to suppose Patrick shall be phased out of the Broncos passing assault. It is potential, nevertheless it’s additionally price holding him till we see how targets shake out. Denver has a extremely favorable matchup in opposition to Washington developing in Week 8 and a possible high-scoring recreation in opposition to Dallas in Week 9. — ML

  • Callaway was joined by Tre’Quan Smith (hamstring) on Monday, however Callaway nonetheless dwarfed all different Saints extensive receivers in targets (7). He caught simply three for 32 yards, however he’ll clearly be the receiver unit Michael Thomas (ankle) returns. Which means Callaway has loads ofpotential worth in extremely favorable matchups in opposition to Tampa, Atlanta, and Tennessee in Weeks 8-10. — ML

  • Cobb hasn’t executed a lot for the Packers this 12 months, however with Davante Adams (COVID) seemingly out for Week 8’s Thursday evening recreation in Arizona, Cobb figures to see a pleasant uptick in targets. Allen Lazard is extra prone to the nominal “No. 1 receiver,” however Cobb can nonetheless make waves in PPR leagues with a bunch of short-to-intermediate targets as Aaron Rodgers’ must-trusted receiver. The Packers have three straight favorable passing matchups in Weeks September 11 (Chiefs, Seahawks, Vikings), so Cobb might have some streaming worth then, too. — ML

  • Fuller (finger) is eligible to return off the IR in Week 8, and whereas it is unclear if he truly will — or keep wholesome if he does — however Fuller is price stashing. He is able to monster weeks, and with the Dolphins slinging the ball throughout (and probably getting an improve at QB quickly), Fuller might be a serious second-half contributor. — ML

    Replace:Fuller isn’t anticipated to play in Week 8, although he is reportedly “making progress.”

  • It was one other high-volume, medium-production day for Renfrow. He caught seven-of-eight targets for 58 yards. That sort of line is nice sufficient in a PPR league, so if he is obtainable, stash him now. He ought to be poised for a stable end after Vegas’ Week 8 bye. — ML

  • The absence of Latavius Murray (ankle) did not result in Freeman dominating RB touches. It was a three-headed “assault” for the Ravens, as Le’Veon Bell (5), Freeman (4), and Ty’Son Williams (2) all noticed taking part in time. Nevertheless, Freeman received the goal-line carries and entered the sport extra typically in passing conditions. He completed with seven touches, 39 whole yards, and a TD in opposition to the Bengals. Clearly, if he would not get the TD, he has a disappointing day, however he has probably the most upside of these backs if Murray stays out after Baltimore’s Week 8 bye. — ML

  • Mack’s placement on this record is all about his potential touchdown spot in a commerce. He is been rumored to be on the transfer for some time, and with the commerce deadline developing, we should always know quickly whether or not he has any extra worth and is price maintaining round or if he is nothing greater than a handcuff who shall be on the waiver wire in most leagues. — ML

  • Hasty received three carries and 6 targets on Sunday evening in his first recreation again from a knee harm. It is potential he is nothing greater than a handcuff to Elijah Mitchell, however he might have some standalone worth given how the 49ers have used a number of backs previously. He is a low-end free agent, however he might have some worth once you think about that Mitchell has already handled an harm this 12 months. — ML

  • Penny (calf) got here off the IR on Monday and ran six occasions for 9 yards. The dearth of manufacturing blended with Alex Collins’ 16 carries is clearly a discouraging signal, nevertheless it’s potential Penny sees extra taking part in time nextweek in opposition to the Jaguars. Collins additionally struggled (35 yards), so his groin harm might need beenbothering him. Both method, Penny is price grabbing as a free agent and stashing on the possibility he sees extra work subsequent week. — ML

  • Barber is not price greater than a free agent pickup — and even that may show ineffective. He is been a wholesome scratch the previous couple weeks, however with Josh Jacobs exiting Week 7’s recreation early within the second half due to a chest harm, Barber might discover himself with some worth after the Raiders’ Week 8 bye. He was the first ball provider when Jacobs was out earlier within the season, though that was when Jon Gruden was coach. Kenyan Drake looks like the firmly entrenched handcuff — and it is fully potential Jacobs shall be again — however stashing Barber is not a foul transfer you probably have the area. — ML

  • Winston has an incredible matchup with the Bucs in Week 8, so no matter how he performs on Monday, he is a pentital streamer. — ML

  • Wentz has been higher than anticipated this 12 months and performs a banged-up, porous Titans’ secondary in Week 8. After one other multi-TD recreation, he’ll be a prime streamer subsequent week. — ML

  • Jones will tackle Kansas Metropolis in Week 8, and any quarterback is price consideration in opposition to the Chiefs. He had a few increase weeks early within the season, and it is a get-right recreation for him — particularly if a few of his key receivers are again. — Jackson Sparks

  • Bridgewater continues to attract terrible defenses, and he is delivered on a couple of events this season as a streaming choice. Washington is the worst protection in opposition to fantasy QBs, so it is wheels up for Teddy two gloves as soon as once more in Week 8. — JS

  • Lawrence is coming off of a much-needed bye week, and he’ll get a good matchup proper out of the gate. Seattle’s protection is as unhealthy as many anticipated, so Lawrence might have a stable Week 8 fantasy outing, even when he has a couple of turnovers. — JS

  • Tagovailoa continues to be suffering from turnovers, losses, and Deshaun Watson commerce rumors, however he is additionally placing up some huge fantasy numbers. He threw for 291 yards and 4 TDs and rushed for one more 29 yards in opposition to Atlanta in Week 7. A brutal matchup in opposition to Buffalo can have Tua on fantasy benches in Week 8, however after that (assuming he is nonetheless the Dolphins starter), he will get Houston. Relying in your QB scenario in Week 9 when the Lions, Seahawks, Bucs, and Washington are on bye, Tua may be price stashing now. He has some long-term enchantment even in impartial matchups, too. — ML

  • Jimmy Garoppolo ought to stay the starter in San Francisco, however we nonetheless like the concept of stashing Lance for the potential for late-season upside. We noticed indicators of what he can do in his first profession begin with 89 dashing yards. — JS

  • Hilton (quad) missed Week 7 after making his season debut in Week 6. And so it goes for the veteran WR. Maybe Hilton shall be a continuing harm fear, however he is price stashing if he can keep in a single piece. The Colts have Tennessee subsequent week, so Hilton is a borderline must-start if energetic. — ML

  • Shenault’s possession has dropped to simply over 50 p.c in Yahoo leagues, however remember about him simply because he had a bye. He tied a season-high with 10 targets in his final recreation, and he figures to be Jacksonville’s No. 2 receiver going ahead. Jamal Agnew has made some noise currently, too, however Shenault has extra total upside, particularly in Week 8 in a good matchup in opposition to Seattle. — ML

  • Hardman upset in opposition to Tennessee, however that was true for nearly all the Chiefs offense. We’re nonetheless inspired by a few of the constructive tendencies we have seen from Hardman the previous few weeks, so he is in play as a boom-or-bust flex in a good Week 8 matchup in opposition to the Giants. — ML

  • Arnold has seen common targets since going to Jacksonville, and subsequent week he is an optimum matchup in opposition to a Seattle protection that is struggled in opposition to each fantasy place, together with TE. Arnold shall be a prime streamer in every week the place Darren Waller and Mark Andrews are on bye. — ML

  • Seals-Jones noticed one other wholesome quantity of targets (7) in Week 7. He caught six for 51 yards, which is not overly spectacular however nonetheless exhibits he has some PPR chops. His Week 8 matchup in opposition to Denver is not precisely favorable, however RSJ is a large enough a part of the Washington offense that he’ll proceed to have streaming worth till Logan Thomas (hamstring) returns. — ML

  • Engram continues to see a good quantity of targets (eight in Week 7), however his manufacturing would not match up (six catches, 44 yards). If that is all he can do when Kadarius Toney (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee), and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) are out, what is going to he do once they’re wholesome? Properly, we don’t know when any shall be wholesome, so Engram will proceed to have some streaming worth in a good matchup in Week 8 (@ Chiefs). Use him in PPR in case you want him. — ML

  • Alie-Cox scored for the fourth time previously 4 video games on Sunday evening, positioning himself as the most effective TD-or-bust streamers you could find. His Week 8 matchup in opposition to Tennessee is not notably favorable on paper, however Huge MAC has proven he can rating in opposition to anybody. — ML

  • The Seahawks tackle a Jaguars protection permitting the eighth-most fantasy factors per recreation in Week 8, so Everett has a bit of further upside in case you’re searching for a streamer. — ML

  • Smith appeared to be having his greatest day as a Patriot in Week 7, catching two early passes (5 targets) for 52 yards. Nevertheless, he was knocked out of the sport as a result of a shoulder harm late within the first half. If he is prepared for Week 8, he has an incredible matchup in opposition to the Chargers, however clearly his well being will decide whether or not he is price streaming. — ML

  • Conklin has been extra concerned within the Vikings’ offense over the previous few weeks, displaying some big-play upside. Dallas is barely under common in opposition to TEs, so Conklin is in play as a Week 8 streamer and a possible maintain. — ML

  • Johnson is a basic TD-or-bust TE, and in Week 8, he will get a great matchup in opposition to the Bucs. He is dangerous, however in case you want a streamer, Johnson has some upside. — ML

  • This is not the identical ole Bengals protection from previous seasons, and its pass-rush and secondary ought to outmatch backup Mike White and the Jets’ ability group on this Week 8 matchup. Think about the Bengals a prime streaming choice. — JS

  • The Patriots have given up probably the most factors to fantasy protection, together with a couple of defensive touchdowns. Its offense lacks big-play capacity, so Joey Bosa, Derwin James, and co. ought to have the ability to take benefit in Week 8. — JS

  • Seattle’s protection is unhealthy, however Trevor Lawrence is due for an interception or two each time he takes the sector. Seattle has some boom-or-bust streaming upside in Week 8. — JS

  • The Lions lack respectable WRs, and Jared Goff is turnover susceptible.Philadelphia has performed effectively on protection in opposition to mediocre QBs, in order that ought to be the expectation in Week 8. –JS

  • This might be a dangerous choose, however Chicago’s protection has an excessive amount of expertise to put in writing them off fully (particularly at house), and the 49ers’ offense typically appears to be like pedestrian led by Jimmy G. — JS

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